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43rd Bombardment Group (43rd BG) "Ken's Men"
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF), 5th Air Force (5th AF)
Background
The 43rd Bombardment Group (43rd BG) was established as part of the 1st Air Force (1st AF) on November 20, 1940 and consisting of the 63rd Bombardment Squadron (63rd BS), 64th Bombardment Squadron (64th BS) and 65th Bombardment Squadron (65th BS) plus the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron (13th RS) as an attached unit. On January 15, 1941 activated at Langley Field, Virginia.

Wartime History
At the start of World War II, the 43rd BG began operating the B-17 Flying Fortress flying anti-submarine patrols over the Atlantic Ocean from Pope Field, North Carolina and MacDill Field on Florida.

Assigned to the 5th Air Force in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA), the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron was later designated the 403rd Squadron (403rd BS) arrived at Melbourne, Australia. Next, the 64th Squadron arrived at Sydney on March 15, 1942 and the 63rd Bombardment Squadron and 65th Bombardment Squadron arrived on March 28, 1942. Wartime motto: "Our Greatest Joy in living is sending Japs to hell".

63rd Bombardment Squadron (63rd BS)

64th Bombardment Squadron (64th BS)

65th Bombardment Squadron (65th BS)
On June 1, 1943 shot down is B-17E "Flagship Texas No. VI / Strip-Straffer" 41-9207 over New Britain.

References
Ken's Men 43rd Bomb Group official website
Ken's Men Against The Empire The Illustrated History of the 43rd Bombardment Group During World War II Volume I: Prewar to October 1943 The B-17 Era (2015)
Ken’s Men Against The Empire - The Illustrated History of the 43rd Bombardment Group During World War II - Volume II: October 1943 to 1945 B-24 Era (2019)


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